OSU notebook: No introduction needed
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1/10/13 at 5:43 AM
TCU coach Trent Johnson was the head coach at LSU when Markel Brown was Louisiana Player of the Year in high school. Brown, now a junior, was recruited by LSU but signed with Oklahoma State.
"There were about three good players in the state (of Louisiana) when I was with LSU, and he was one of them," Johnson said. " ... I'm very impressed with Markel's improvement on the perimeter.
"There's not a lot of guys who are explosive like he is. He shoots it well from the perimeter."
Cobbins improving: Since returning from a toe fracture last month, forward Michael Cobbins has remained a bench player. Expect that to change soon.
"I don't know how much longer he'll be on the bench," coach Travis Ford said. "He's playing well. He's getting back. He had probably the best practice of the year for him yesterday."
As a redshirt freshman, Cobbins started 24 games. Against TCU on Wednesday, he had seven points, four rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes.
Two blocks came back-to-back on the same TCU possession and led to a 3-pointer from Phil Forte that gave OSU a 15-point lead in the first half.
Remembering Patsy: OSU players wore black ribbons embroidered with the name of Patsy Sutton, the wife of former coach Eddie Sutton who died Tuesday. A moment of silence was observed in her honor before the game.
Familiar face: Former University of Tulsa player and assistant coach Pooh Williamson was on TCU's bench as a first-year assistant for the Horned Frogs.
Celeb sighting: Seated courtside for the game was Stillwater native Matt Holliday, a left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and younger brother of OSU baseball coach Josh Holliday. Several rows behind him was Cowboy football coach Mike Gundy.
Miscellaneous: OSU is 14-3 all-time in Big 12 home openers, including 11 straight wins.
The team's 61.9 percent shooting in the first half is the highest in one half this season, exceeding the 60.7 percent the Cowboys shot in the second half against Portland State.
Wednesday's game marked the sixth time this season that OSU has held its opponent under 50 points.
Up next: The Cowboys play at Oklahoma (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) at 2 p.m. Saturday.